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IS claims beheading of second Japanese captive

Toukyo - The Islamic State group claimed in a video that it has beheaded a second Japanese hostage, drawing international condemnation and outrage from a visibly upset Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who denounced it as a "heinous and despicable" act.

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'

Toukyo - Japan's deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the Islamic State group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become "deadlocked", local media reported Saturday.

Jordan demands proof pilot alive as IS deadline passes

Amman - Jordan demanded proof Thursday that a pilot threatened with execution by the Islamic State group was alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists to free a female militant expired.

Anxious wait as Jordan offers to exchange jihadist for pilot

Amman - Jordan offered Wednesday to exchange a female jihadist for a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State group, whose deadline for executing the airman and a Japanese journalist is thought to have passed.

Hostage parents make anguished pleas as IS deadline nears

Toukyo - The parents of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian airman held by Islamic State militants made last-ditch pleas for their lives as a deadline for an exchange with a jihadi bomber neared Wednesday.

IS threatens to kill Japan hostage, Jordan pilot within 24 hours

Birut - The Islamic State jihadist group threatened Tuesday to kill a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot within 24 hours unless Amman frees a jailed female militant.

IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

Birut - The Islamic State group has said it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading that has been slammed by leaders around the world.

Japan condemns 'outrageous' hostage murder

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.

Japan PM says 'credibility' of hostage video is 'high'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday the "credibility" of a video announcing the execution of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State militant group was "high".

Islamic State video shows beheading of Japanese hostage

Reports are emerging that one of the Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State has been beheaded in a video released by the militant group.

Japan vows to 'never give up' search for IS hostages

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes

Toukyo - The deadline set by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given $200 million passed Friday, after one captive's mother made a desperate plea to save her son's life.

Clock ticking for Japanese IS hostages

Toukyo - The clock was ticking on Thursday towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom.

Profiles of the Japanese hostages in Islamist State video

Toukyo - Militants from the Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese men they were holding. A masked jihadist demanded a $200 million ransom for their release.Here are brief profiles of the men.

Islamic State militants threaten to kill Japanese hostages

Birut - The Islamic State group threatened in a video Tuesday to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours unless it receives a $200 million ransom, but Tokyo vowed it would not bow to "terrorism".

IS threatens to kill two Japanese hostages: Video

Birut - The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours, in a video posted on jihadist websites on Tuesday.

Argentines among four killed in Japan ski avalanches

Toukyo - Avalanches in and around Japanese ski resorts killed four people including two Argentine men over the weekend, police and media reported on Monday.

Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next "Big One.

Japan opens up to exporting weapons worldwide

Japan, which for 70 years since the end of World War 2, has restrained itself from aggression or building a full-scale army, has now changed its policy and is willing to sell weapons to certain countries.

Japan approves biggest ever defence budget amid Asia tensions

Toukyo - Japan approved its largest-ever defence budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, as hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to strengthen surveillance of territorial waters in the face of a continuing spat with China.

Woman 'finds dental material' in Japan McDonald's burger

Toukyo - A Japanese woman got more than a mouthful when she claimed to have discovered fragments later identified as "dental material" in a McDonald's hamburger, marking the fast-food chain's latest food quality embarrassment.

Japan whaling ships set out for Antarctic — to count, not hunt

Toukyo - Japanese whaling ships set sail for the Antarctic on Thursday on the look out for whales, but only to count them and take skin samples, after a UN court ordered an end to the annual hunt.

India to hold Japanese gang rape ID parade on January 9

Kolkata - Six men arrested for the gang rape of a Japanese tourist held hostage in India for nearly a month will appear in an identity parade later this week, a court said Tuesday.

Abe says to stick to Japan apology in new WWII statement

Toukyo - Japan's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would release a fresh statement on World War II this year, but would stand by previous apologies for wartime misdeeds.

Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report

Toukyo - Japan is proposing jointly building Australia's new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry.

Five arrested in India over Japanese tourist 'gang rape'

Kolkata - Five men have been arrested over the alleged gang-rape and extortion of a Japanese tourist held as a sex slave for nearly a month in a basement near a famous Buddhist shrine in India, officials said Sunday.

Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak

Toukyo - Japan on Monday ordered the slaughter of some 42,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country's second bird flu outbreak in less than a month.

McDonald's calls off fry rationing in Japan

New York - Large and extra-large orders of McDonald's french fries will be back next month on restaurant menus in Japan, the company announced Friday.

U.S., allies agree trilateral accord on North Korea intelligence

Seoul - The United States, Japan and South Korea have agreed a rare trilateral military arrangement on intelligence sharing about North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, officials said on Friday.

Japan charges 'vagina artist' Megumi Igarashi with obscenity

Tokyo - A Japanese woman who uses 3D printing to create works of art shaped like her vagina has been charged with distributing obscene data in a case that has sparked widespread debate about freedom of expression and censorship.
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